Anna Salomi Kerketta

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The progression of lymphoedema to elephantiasis associated with increased incidence of episodic adeno-lymphangitis (ADL) is of great concern, as it causes physical suffering, permanent disability and economic loss to lymphatic filariasis patients. This randomized clinical trial aimed to assess the efficacy in terms of reduction of oedema and ADL frequency(More)
A large outbreak of cholera reported during April-July 2009 in the Kendrapada district of Odisha, India was investigated. Forty-one rectal swabs and 41 water samples, collected from diarrhoeal patients and from different villages were bacteriologically analysed for the isolation of bacterial enteriopathogens, antibiogram profile and detection of various(More)
From September through October 2006, an unknown disease characterized by acute onset of fever, joint pain with or without swelling, and maculopapular rash along with fatigue was reported from three villages of Cuttack and one village of Kendrapara district of Orissa, India, by the State Health Department. Upon learning this, a team from Regional Medical(More)
The frequency and severity of adverse reactions are the main reasons for low compliance of mass drug administration (MDA) under the Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (PELF). This paper reports the frequency and types of adverse reactions during two MDAs during January 2002 and September 2004 in the State of Orissa, India. Of the people who(More)
The global program to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF) is currently based on mass drug administration (MDA) with annual single dose of antifilarials. In India, the MDA is implemented by primary health centers (PHC) of the district health system. The aim of the present study was to explore the attitudes of clinicians working at PHC level in three(More)
In India, the programme to eliminate lymphatic filariasis, which is largely based on mass administrations of diethylcarbamazine, has, in terms of coverage and compliance, been generally much less successful in urban areas than in rural communities. An innovative strategy to make the programme more effective in urban settings, largely based on an inclusive(More)
INTRODUCTION The substantial morbidity and mortality associated with recent cholera outbreaks in Haiti and Zimbabwe, as well as with cholera endemicity in countries throughout Asia and Africa, make a compelling case for supplementary cholera control measures in addition to existing interventions. Clinical trials conducted in Kolkata, India, have led to(More)
A focal outbreak of malaria at Sialimal sub-centre of Balasore district of Orissa was reported during the month of March, 2010. Three villages of the above block were affected. Regional Medical Research Centre, Bhubaneswar has conducted an entomological survey and a central clinic simultaneously, with door to door household survey to identify the (More)
To assess the impact of irrigation canals on malaria transmission, a study was conducted in Dhenkanal district of Orissa, India. The district is situated in the central part of Orissa and hyperendemic area for malaria. A canal system is being constructed for irrigation in the district, which passes through Parjang and Analabereni Primary Health Centres(More)
The global programme to eliminate lymphatic filariasis has alleviation of suffering and disability as one of its components, and many efforts are being taken across the globe in this direction. However, there is no effective tool to assess the impact of these efforts on patients' quality of life and/or lessening of disability and suffering. The present(More)